Evaluating Informal Learning

The Performance Improvement Blog

Informal learning in organizations is finally being recognized as a key aspect of employee development and performance improvement. But how do you evaluate something that is as unpredictable and serendipitous as informal learning?

The Importance of Informal Learning at the Workplace

Origin Learning

Earlier blog posts have stressed on how workplace learning has evolved over the years and L&D managers are re-inventing the wheel to meet the demands of the ‘millennial audience’. Understanding Informal Learning? Let’s take a simple example, you are learning to drive a car.

Doctoring the Informal Learning Environment

E-Learning Provocateur

Recently Anne Marie blogged Location and Learning (which I have reproduced here) and she asked me whether or not I consider her central idea an example of an Informal Learning Environment (ILE). They generally have a haphazard learning experience.

March’s #LCBQ- Assessing Informal Learning – Are you an accountant or financial adviser?

Spark Your Interest

How do you assess whether your informal learning, social learning, continuous learning, performance support initiatives have the desired impact or achieve the desired results? change the balance of formal vs. informal in our organizations?

Research Brief: Measuring the ROI of Informal Learning

Docebo

We know people learn and retain more information through informal channels , on-the-job experience and coaching, but most companies still expect their people to gain the bulk of their knowledge through more formal, structured means. Measuring the ROI of Informal Learning.

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Open Learning Network vs Informal Learning Environment

E-Learning Provocateur

In the comments section of my previous post, Mike Caulfield kindly pointed me to the article Envisioning the Post-LMS Era: The Open Learning Network by Jonathan Mott. Mott’s blueprint is the Open Learning Network (OLN). Mine is the Informal Learning Environment (ILE).

Can Bill Gates Lead the Informal Learning Revolution?

Dashe & Thomson

A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to hear Julie Dirksen , an instructional designer from Minneapolis, give a presentation on the use of games in learning. As a member of the adult learning community, however, it was Gates’ $2.5

Time for a New Look at Learning: Or What I Learned from Reading “Informal Learning at Work”

Pract.us

Your team learns informally all the time. You can support those efforts for more learning bang for your buck. With a shift in your views about what learning is, you can still build a powerful learning organization and demonstrate the value to executives at the same time.

Informal Learning – the other 80%

Jay Cross

The start-up stiffed me but the paper morphed into the Informal Learning book. I’ll be leading a series of master classes on informal learning and working smarter in Europe. Informal Learning – the other 80%. Learning is social.

Impact of informal learning: output learning #LCBQ

Challenge to Learn

The question of the month #LCBQ is: How do you assess whether your informal learning, social learning, continuous learning and performance support initiatives have the desired impact or if they achieve the desired results? The what: Output learning.

Informal learning:formal recognition

Learning Cafe

As a result of using either a sophisticated Learning Management System or a simple spreadsheet, we know how to record the outcomes, assessment results etc of formal learning. Learning records are included on our CVs and in this sense are somewhat precious. Formal learning is recognisable and recognised. We are also aware of the value of informal learning; the things we learn from others, through work place and life experiences.

Why you should start measuring informal learning today

Docebo

That most organizations simply don’t have a mechanism in place for measuring the ROI of informal and social learning in the workplace is more than just a matter of being “behind the times.”. It’s that some teams are missing a critical opportunity to harness all the invaluable knowledge hidden just below the surface — and just out of reach of many learning strategies. Overall, organizations aren’t so great at measuring learning.

Promoting Informal Learning at the Workplace—Featuring 5 Examples

EI Design

In our early years, informal learning is the significant way we learn. In fact, we continue to learn through this approach even at the workplace. In spite of this, many people are skeptical about the impact of informal learning at the workplace.

Online Tools for Evaluating Informal Learning

The Performance Improvement Blog

Learning occurs in "informal" (another term that I don’t like but is gaining traction) settings and online, as well as in the classroom. How can we know what is learned informally and what difference that learning makes to the success of an organization? Some of the methods being used in informal science education could be applied more broadly to informal and online learning in business, nonprofit, and government settings.

The Big Question: how to assess informal learning

Clive on Learning

The Big Question on the ASTD Learning Circuits Blog is long enough to fill a post all by itself: How do you assess whether your informal learning, social learning, continuous learning, performance support initiatives have the desired impact or achieve the desired results?

When should you use Informal Learning?

Upside Learning

In his webinar titled ‘Learning isn’t what you thought it was’, Jay Cross made a strong case for informal learning. What I understand from this is that informal learning mirrors this process in two ways. What’s the big deal about informal learning?

Beware who's selling informal learning

Clive on Learning

There is no doubt whatsoever in my mind that historically we have underplayed the importance of informal learning, whether that's experiential, on-demand or social. I'm equally convinced that, with the proliferation of great social networking tools and the ever-increasing confidence that learners are displaying when it comes to managing their own learning, informal learning should rightfully play a central role in our future learning architectures.

Controversy over Informal Learning

Jay Cross

When the book on informal learning came out, nay-sayers attacked me as some kind of loony. QUESTION: How do you know that informal learning works? ANSWER: How did you learn to walk and talk? How did you learn to kiss? Can informal learning do any worse?

Bob Mosher on Informal Learning and Performance Support

Learning Visions

Informal Learning: Are We Missing a HUGE Opportunity? with Bob Mosher of Learning Guide Solutions, presented by Massachusetts Chapter of ISPI and sponsored by Kineo. 3 domains: formal, informal, performance support. When learning for the first time 2.

eLearning Cyclops: Informal learning. Maybe I Can Informally.

eLearning Cyclops

Informal learning. Maybe I Can Informally Assess Its Impact #LCBQ. This months Big Question at Learning Circuits is regarding assessing the impact of informal learning. Or more specifically: How do you assess whether your informal learning, social learning, continuous learning, performance support initiatives have the desired impact or achieve the desired results? Jeff - How I make e-learning fun!

Pick of the Month: June 2012 – Informal learning, Yammer, collab platforms, change, and keep learning

Jane Hart

1 – Informal Learning. Informal Learning continued to be a dominant theme through June. Clark Quinn, (6 June) started us off with a post: Getting pragmatic about informal. And most importantly, support our informal professional development.

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Informal learning: the real deal. Free.

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

I nformal Learning has been getting a lot of buzz lately. Many vendors claim to offer informal learning, or even “informal learning management&# without having changed anything beyond the words in their advertising. What are the different ways people learn?

Social, Informal Learning Can Be ?Measured

CLO Magazine

Key performance indicators for social and informal learning identify knowledge hubs and lead to better results. Where the changes show up is in the data points companies analyze in conjunction with social and informal learning.

10 Informal Learning Activities to Boost Employee Engagement

KnowledgeAnywhere

When we think of a learning environment, we most often think of a classroom. You might be able to guess some of the formal learning characteristics since you’ve experienced them all in the classroom: A teacher offers the information to the student(s). Specific objectives tell the student what they need to learn by the end of the formal learning course. An exam (or another method) assesses what the student has learned.

How the Military Informs Learning

CLO Magazine

Some companies require very demanding processes, people and decision-making, but they’re not assessing and training for those skills and attributes. Murphy: One of the things we learn in the military is that simplicity combats complexity. One of the things that we learned in the work we did with the military and the work that we’re now doing with business is there’s a process to combat complexity, and it’s almost the same process to develop leaders.

Free webinar on informal learning

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

UMBC’s ISD Now Webinar Series — Informal Learning: 5 Ways to do More with Less, April 20, 2010. UMBC’s ISD Now Webinar Series is UMBC’s ISD Graduate Program’s newest online platform to share ideas and information on topics related to business, organizational productivity and workplace learning and performance. Guest speaker, Jay Cross, will discuss Informal Learning: 5 Ways to do More With Less. Join Us and Discover: What is Informal Learning?

Promoting Informal Learning at the Workplace—Featuring 5 Examples

Adobe Captivate

In our early years, informal learning is the significant way we learn. In fact, we continue to learn through this approach even at the workplace. In spite of this, many people are skeptical about the impact of informal learning at the workplace. However, I believe that it should be part of the overall learning strategy as learners respond positively to it and organizations can easily provide support to promote it.

A Dozen Ways To Promote Informal Learning

CLO Magazine

Most learning does not happen in a classroom or online. It happens informally, between employees and peer groups. Learning management systems and learning content management systems are the centerpiece for many learning departments, but most organizations are unaware that these systems have capabilities to support informal learning. Learning leaders can support informal learning within systems, but all solutions are not rooted in technology.

Informal learning patterns

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Learnscaping describes a dozen learning patterns, e.g. processes that organizations are using to improve performance through networked informal learning. Technology is used to generate or analyze information individually.

The L&D maturity curve

E-Learning Provocateur

Over the course of my career, I’ve witnessed a slow but steady shift away from formal learning to informal learning. The informal first philosophy balances the pendulum by empowering the employee to self-direct their learning in accordance with their personal needs.

How to evaluate social and informal learning

Jay Cross

Dan Pontefract had a great post on TrainingWreck about the inadequacy of the Kirkpatrick model in a world where learning is increasingly collaborative and networked. Dan takes the logic further than I did last week in my post on how to assess learning initiatives.

Online courses must die!

E-Learning Provocateur

If we dispense with online courses in favour of PDFs, how can we incorporate interactivity into the learning experience? Enter the Informal Learning Environment (ILE). Unlike a VLE, an ILE is strictly informal. An ILE is a scalable and flexible learning environment.

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Assessing Learning Initiatives

The Learning Circuits

For March the LCBQ is: How do you assess whether your informal learning, social learning, continuous learning, performance support initiatives have the desired impact or achieve the desired results? So, it should look like: Tony Karrer - e-Learning 2.0

Top 5 benefits of open badges for corporates

E-Learning Provocateur

Open badges can motivate employees to learn. Open badges can formally recognise informal learning. I have argued previously that in the modern workplace, we should informalise learning and formalise assessment. The question is how to manage all of that learning.

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The future of learning management

E-Learning Provocateur

On the contrary, I think a Learning Management System is a valuable piece of educational technology – particularly in large organisations. In other words – and the name gives it away – an LMS is useful for managing learning. I think of informal learning.